Most of the major European airlines fly into Portugal, connecting the country to cities all over the world. Additionally, several low-cost carriers offer flights as well, making it rather easy to find a cheap flight.
Airports and Airlines
There are three main airports in the mainland: Lisbon, Faro and Porto. On the islands there are also two major airports: Madeira and Ponta Delgrada.
The airlines flying into Portugal include: British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, US Airlines and TAP Portugal. Also, several low cost carriers offer cheap flights: EasyJet, Vueling, Aer Lingus. During the summer season, there are also charter flights available.
To get from Aeroporto da Portela – located just 4 miles outside the capital – to Lisbon, you can choose either an Aerobus (line 91) or bus lines 5, 8, 22, 44, 45 and 83. A ticket for Aerobus costs €3.50/person and is valid for a day on all public transport lines. Alternatively, you can take the taxi, which will cost on average €10 from the airport to the city center. Also, you’ll pay a fee (little over €1) for each item of luggage.
Faro is the main gateway into the Algarve . The airport is served by many European airlines, including low-cost carriers. When booking your hotel please make sure to ask if any airport transport if available, otherwise your best bet is to hire a car or take a taxi to the city.
Tips to get cheap tickets to Portugal
With so many airlines offering flights to Portugal, it’s rather easy to find a cheap seat. However, that requires a bit of planning in advance.
Here are some tips to find cheap airfare to Portugal:
- Find which airlines use Portugal’s airports as hubs. Fares are generally lower and there will be more discounted seats available if an airline has frequent flights to a certain airport.
- Avoid flying during the weekend if you have a bit of flexibility in your schedule. Instead, plan to fly on Tuesday or Wednesday as the flights aren’t so crowded and are generally cheaper.
- Spring and autumn are perfect for visiting Portugal because you can get cheaper seats while avoiding the crowded summer months as well. Pay attention to the holidays though: Christmas and Easter are also peak season and the fare changes accordingly.
- Check all the low-cost carriers which fly into Portugal. Even if you end up on a different airport than the one closest to your destination, it might prove to be cheaper than flying directly via a major airline.